Why Is a Birth Doula helpful through your pregnancy and labour?

A birth doula…

-Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
-Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
-Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
-Stays with the woman throughout the labor
-Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decision
-Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
-Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
-Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level

Will a doula replace the role of my partner?
No, a doula will work to support you and your partner, as well as helping the partner become more involved in the birth if that is what is wanted by the couple.

Do I have to give birth at home to have a doula?
No. A doula will meet you at your chosen hospital, if that is where you have chosen to give birth. I am supportive of hospital as well as home births.

What is the role of a Birth Doula?

As a Birth Doula, I…

• Draw on knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort, and as needed, communication with staff to make sure that you have the information necessary to make informed decisions throughout your experience.
• Provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labour progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other comfort techniques.
• I am independent and self-employed. As your doula, I work for you, not your caregiver or hospital.
• If your partner will be at the birth, I will not replace him/her, but allow your partner to participate at his/her own comfort level during the amazing birth of your baby.

As a Birth Doula, I do not…

• Perform clinical tests, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams or any other procedure. I am there to provide physical comfort, emotional support and advocacy.
• Make decisions for you. I will help you get the information necessary to make informed decisions and remind you if there is a change from your Birth Plan.
• Speak to the staff on your behalf. Iwill discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you or your partner will speak on your behalf to the clinical staff.

Be Bliss Birth Doula Services:
• Initial interview to establish a connection.
• 2 prenatal home visits to become acquainted and to discuss issues such as fears, concerns and setting in motion a written birth plan.
• Unlimited phone and email contact to address any of your questions or concerns.
• On call 24 hours for labour and birth around the time of your due date.
• Physical, emotional and informational support during your labour and delivery and until breastfeeding has been established.
• Postpartum home visit(s). This will include breastfeeding and infant care educational support as well as reflecting on your birth experience.
• A copy of your birth story in addition to any photos Be Bliss may have taken during the event if that was requested.
• Help to find resources in your community if you want or need support.

Be Bliss Optional Doula Services:
1.) Psychotherapy (also known as counselling) which is separate from doula services offered
-Offering individual and/or couples therapy throughout your pregnancy.
-Post-natal individual and/or couples therapy
2.) Birth photo album (separate from doula services offered)
3.) Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga